Sign In

2016 Chimney Rock Elevage

ITEM 8295378 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
$60
Item Sold Amount Date
I8333380 1 $55 Jul 17, 2022
I8317221 1 $55 Jul 10, 2022
I8237205 1 $61 May 22, 2022
I8237205 1 $60 May 22, 2022
Front Item Photo

RATINGS

93+ The Wine Advocate

...it opens out to present fragrant violets, underbrush and menthol notes over a core of warm blackcurrants, Black Forest cake and redcurrant jelly. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegantly styled with a great intensity of red and black fruits, approachable grainy tannins and a mineral-tinged finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Racy and sumptuous in the glass, with terrific mid-palate intensity...has a lot to offer. Dark cherry, chocolate, menthol, new leather and spice flesh out in a supple, open-knit wine...

93James Suckling

Very plush, attractive plum and blackberry aromas and flavors with a fresh, vibrant palate that carries long and seamless to the energetic, deep-set, glossy finish.

92Wine Spectator

Pure, focused and powerful, with intense cocoa powder accents to the dark plum, currant and dried blueberry flavors. Black pepper hints and a sinewy character emerge midpalate, leading into a finish that lingers with slate and mocha hints.

PRODUCER

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock, in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley, California, was founded in 1980 when Sheldon Wilson, a former Pepsi executive, and his wife Sheila bought the Chimney Rock Golf Course and bulldozed half of it to make way for vineyards. The first vintage was in 1984. In 2000 the Terlato Wine Group of Chicago, one of the nation’s largest importers of high end wine, bought into the estate. In 2004 the Terlato group took full ownership of Chimney Rock. The closely-held Terlato Wine Group also owns Rutherford Hill, Alderbrook and Sanford Winery. Today the winery is known for Cabernet Sauvignon, though it also produces Fume Blanc, Rose, and several Bordeaux-style blends. Wine Advocate has often complimented the estate’s wine, as in 2005, when the reviewer wrote that “elegant reds and whites routinely emerge from Chimney Rock. In fact, those who claim California wines lack finesse and delicacy should check out these offerings.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District AVA in southern Napa Valley has a storied history. It is home to Stag’s Leap Cellars, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Judgment of Paris blind tasting that included several of Bordeaux’s most exalted First Growths. Vineyards were started in area in the late 19th century, but the district’s rise in prestige started in the late 1960s when Nathan Fay planted Cabernet Sauvignon. Fay later sold his estate to Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Cellars. The district was given its own AVA designation in 1989, and today there are 1,400 vineyard acres. The AVA is especially notable because it was the first in the U.S. to be granted AVA status based on terroir. Its distinctive soils is a mix of volcanic soils, river sediment and loamy clay-like soil. Because the soils don’t retain water well, vineyards in Stag’s Leap tend to grow fruit with great intensity and flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 95% of the grapes planted in Stags Leap.